(2010), with the cactus epiphyte Schlumbergera
truncata, where the onset of germination was observed between the [5.sup.th] (temperatures of 20 and 25[degrees]C) and [7.sup.th] days (30[degrees]C), with the end of germination between 22 (to 20[degrees]C) to 26 days (at 30[degrees]C).
CHRISTMAS CACTUS: Latin name Schlumbergera
truncata, among the easiest of festive plants GROWTH INDUSTRY: Paul Marshall, head grower from the Ravensworth Nursery POINSETTIA: Never allow it to stand in water
, as they are more correctly known, originated from the tropical rain forests of south-east Brazil, living as epiphytes in the branches of tree or as lithophytes on rocks.
65-85 Bishop's cap cactus Astrophytum ornatum 40-70 Christmas cactus Schlumbergera
55-65 bridgessii Easter cactus Rhipsalidopsis 54-80 Euphorbia Euphorbia 65-85 pseudocactus Gasteria Gasteria liliputana 50-54 Gymnocalycium Gymnocalycium spp.
The Zygocactus truncatus (Schlumbergera
truncata), its technical name, is generally bought from garden centres in bud and blooms between mid November and late January, depending on the variety you buy.
He prepared detailed illustrations of four genera of Cactoideae--Mammillaria rhodantha, Cactus truncatus (= Schlumbergera
truncata), Cereus curtisii (= Pilosocereus royenii), and Echinocactus eyriesii (= Echinopsis cyriensii)--emphasizing the epidermis, cuticle, and hypodermis.
ADRIENNE SAYS: Suitable plants include cinerarias; calceolarias, multi-coloured primroses, bulbs such as hyacinths and miniature daffodils; winter cherry (Solanum capsicastrum); cyclamen; heather (Erica hiemalis); Christmas cactus (schlumbergera
) and winter pansies.
reported exposures Philodendron (Philodendron sp.) 4726 Pepper (Capsicum annuum) 3912 Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia sp.) 2837 Poinsettia (Euphorbia putcherrima) 2798 Holly (Liex sp.) 2651 Pokeweed/Inkberry (Phytolacoa Americana) 2231 Peace lilly (Spathiphyllum sp.) 2086 Jade plant (Crassula sp.) 1658 Pothos/Devil's ivy (Epipremnum aureum) 1401 Poison ivy (Toxicodendron/Rhus radicans) 1308 Umbrella tree (Brassaia actinophylia) 1141 African violet (Saintpaulia ionantha) 1137 Rhododendron/Azalea (Rhododendron sp.) 1029 Yew (Taxus sp.) 969 Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulua) 945 Pyracantha (Pyracantha sp.) 894 Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) 787 Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera
bridgesii) 781 English ivy (Hedera helix) 765 Climbing nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) 754
Rob Wheway Director - Children's Play Advisory Service Cactus timing is actually spot-on JULIE Smith's 'Easter cactus' (Your Pictures, Dec 22) is a Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera
) and is flowering at the right time.
There's a great range to choose from - red, white or pink indoor azaleas, the bright tomato like Christmas cherry (Solanum pseudocapiscum), poinsettias, kalanchoes and Schlumbergera
, the Christmas cactus.
BEST OF THE BUNCH - Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera
truncata) IN their native homes, these forest cacti are attached to trees in woodlands and jungles, but in the UK you generally buy them in a much more sterilised environment, in bud in November, waiting to burst into bloom in colours of white, pink, red or purple.
I'm a huge fan of Christmas cacti (schlumbergera
), which is originally from Brazil and is resplendent in magnificent colours.
The Christmas cactus is usually called a Schlumbergera
and has bright pink flowers, while the Easter cactus usually has the Latin name Hatiora and has red or occasionally white flowers.
Botanically, it is Schlumbergera
. It does not grow in the desert, but rather up in trees along with orchids and bromeliads.
7 Complete the everyday names of these flowers taken from George Seddon's Indoor Plants; i) Arls (hippeastrum), ii) C t--s C s (schlumbergera
), & B L (impatiens walleriana) 8 The following is a C21st update of a C19th House of Commons quotation.